Altar Boys have a special ministry to serve in the Holy Altar. Like the Angels serving around the Throne of God, Altar Boys assist the priest in the celebration of the Holy Services. Since this is a sacred ministry, Altar Boys must be mature, serious and respectful when serving in the Holy Altar. The criterion for serving in the Holy Altar is to have a deep faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ and a love of His Church. A boy interested in serving in the Holy Altar must be mature enough to take this service seriously and to have a sincere desire to serve the Lord. Maturity is not measured by chronological age. Therefore, the age at which a boy may serve in the Holy Altar is not determined by a specific year or grade in school. A boy may continue to serve in the Holy Altar even after graduating from High School. Each boy seeking to serve in the Holy Altar will do so with the blessing of the priest. Periodically, in keeping with the Holy Tradition of the Church, the Metropolitan tonsures Altar Boys as Readers so that they may canonically serve in the Hoy Altar.
There are many opportunities for others to participate in and assist the ministry of the Altar Boys. Anyone, male or female, may help with various support activities of this ministry. Help is needed in making and circulating an Altar Boy Sunday Serving Schedule. Altar Boy robe cleaning and repair are ongoing needs of the Altar Boys ministry. Adult assistance is needed especially during the many worship services of Holy Week and with the Good Friday retreat. The priest will be happy to assist anyone interested in being involved with this ministry.
The Blessing of Five Loaves of Bread (Artoklasia) is a brief service of thanksgiving through which we express our gratitude for all the blessings of life. Oil, wine, wheat, and five loaves of bread are used in the service. These offerings are viewed as the most basic elements necessary for life. The Blessing reminds us of the miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fish by which Christ fed the multitude. This Blessing is usually offered during Vespers or after the Divine Liturgy on Feast days and other special occasions. After the Service, the bread is cut and distributed to the congregation. (see Archdiocese webpage) It is the traditional practice to submit the names of living Orthodox Christians to be commemorated during the Artoklasia service.
The five Artos bread loaves are baked according to a traditional recipe. Over the years in America, the tradition of baking Artos has become somewhat of a lost art. Classes on how to prepare the Artos bread will be offered periodically so that this tradition can be passed on to the coming generations. Those interested in participating in this ministry are encouraged to contact the parish Ladies Philoptochos Society.
Historically, every Orthodox Christian was very well acquainted with Holy Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments. Since the language of the Early Church and the Holy Scripture was Greek, even the common person was familiar with the Bible. At the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325, the Holy Church listed the books of the Old Testament (the Greek Septuagint) and the books of the New Testament (4 Gospels, Epistles of St. Paul, St. Peter, St. John, Jude and Revelations). Unfortunately, due to the 400-year Turkish oppression, many of our faithful have lost familiarity with Holy Scripture. Therefore, we have started to hold regular Bible Study groups to enhance the knowledge of Holy Scripture among the faithful members of our parish. Guided by the Holy Fathers of the Church, these studies also open the door to many questions and answers about our Orthodox Christian Faith. Currently, these Bible Studies are offered both in the daytime and the evening to accommodate anyone who has an interest.
Our parish Bookstore makes a wealth of books and other materials available for purchase to enhance the Orthodox Christian Faith of our parishioners. The Parish Bookstore is open periodically during the Coffee Hour following the Divine Liturgy on Sundays. Service in this ministry includes maintaining the bookstore inventory, ordering new books and being responsible for opening and closing the bookstore during Coffee Hour.
The Divine Liturgy is the “work of the people” and active participation requires reading of the Scripture, chanting of the services and the angelic voices of the choir leading the people in praise of Our Lord.
Maintaining and improving upon the beauty of Our Lord’s House is the focus of this ministry. Planning future upgrades and tending to projects concerning the Church Proper is a work of love and respect for Our Lord and the traditions of our Church.
This ministry will plan, promote and put-on the Centennial celebration of the parish of Holy Trinity in Ambridge. There are many opportunities for being involved in this event. There will be specific sub-committees to work on various aspects of the celebration. You are welcome to participate in a small part or a large part according to your schedule and capabilities. No matter what level you choose to be involved, our celebration will be joyous and fulfilling for all who participate.
This is the home of our living Lord and with love for Him; we keep His home and yard beautiful by maintaining it as we would our own homes. Ongoing litter pick-up, weeding, event cleanup are just some of the activities involved in contributing to this ministry.
The Divine Liturgy is the “work of the people” and active participation requires reading of the Scripture, chanting of the services and the angelic voices of the choir leading the people in praise of
Feast days and special services give us the opportunity to glorify God by decorating His House, the Church. Decorating icons and the Church with flowers requires planning, ordering as well as the actual decorating.
Helping the poor and needy, this ministry supports FOCUS, an Orthodox outreach program of Pittsburgh. Collections and delivery of food, clothing and even furniture are an ongoing, year-round program.
Helping the poor and needy, this ministry supports our local Food Pantry, the Center for Hope. Collections and delivery of food is an ongoing, year-round program.
Our Hellenic Culture is fully expressed in the lively dancing of our people! Maintaining that heritage, our three Dance Groups regularly entertain the public community. You can come learn the various dances, assist with the teaching of the youngest groups, become a dancer yourself, or assist on field trips to the yearly Metropolis workshop. The three Dance Groups are: Little Angels, Junior Hellenic Dancers and the Hellenic Dancers.
Our Church Services require the offerings of the people in the forms of Prosphora, Artos and Koliva. Accompanying these offerings are special supplications by the priest for family members of the preparer. Classes on how to prepare these will be offered so that these traditions can live on through the generations.
There are a number of levels of Greek school going on, from learning the alphabet to conversational Greek. You can contribute by teaching, substituting or offering your conversational skills to the students. Contact the Parish office for further information.
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc., is the duly accredited women’s philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:
• To help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and
• To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
• To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;
• To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council. The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.
Following the example of the Ladies of Philoptochos, we can offer our cooking and serving talents to this local ministry that feeds the poor and needy once a week. Openings to serve are always available and we are called to fill that need.
Our parish has established a parish library. The library is housed in the Youth center adjacent to the Church. The Library contains a wealth of reading materials to enhance our Orthodox Christian Faith. An important part of this library is the Fr. Elias Katras Memorial collection donated in memory of our beloved Fr. Elias. Those who volunteer with this ministry will be involved with maintaining the library, cataloguing new acquisitions, monitoring lending and supervising the library during hours of operation.
This ministry is involved with promoting and participating in Orthodox Christian missions both in this country and around the world. The Orthodox Church takes seriously the Great Commission proclaimed by Our Lord to make disciples of all people, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There are many opportunities for promoting missions.
Important Mission websites:
Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)
Young Orthodox Christian American Missions Adventures (YOCAMA)
The first impression upon walking into the Church for Sunday services is the friendly face that greets other parishioners and especially visitors. You can be the warm welcome that reflects the spirit of the Parish.
This ministry is involved with the collection and preservation of historical documents related to the history of our parish. This would include the collection and cataloguing of historical photos, documents, church records, correspondence etc. There is a special need for volunteers who are fluent in the Greek Language to translate early documents, records, letters etc. In addition, this ministry will develop an accurate history of our parish. Contact the priest for more information.
Parish Council is the administrative body of a parish elected by its stewards for the purpose of working together with the Parish Priest or Proistamenos (Pastor) in fulfilling the mission and goals of the parish.
Historically, clergy and laity have worked together in dealing with matters of the Church’s life. The Parish Council is an example of the synergy of clergy and laity; it is a vehicle for implementing the ongoing mission of the Church and planning the necessary strategies, policies, procedures, and activities that will enable the Parish to move forward in accomplishing God’s work.
The Parish Council is elected to serve a special ministry that requires total love, loyalty, and dedication to Christ and His Church. Parish Council members are official representatives of the Church and thus are expected to exert every effort to exemplify its sacred character and spirit. Members of the Parish Council assumed three basic obligations that will guide this ministry:
1. To understand, live by, and uphold the tenets, teachings, and traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church;
2. To understand and abide by the GOAA Regulations (formerly known as the UPR) as set forth by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America through the Clergy-Laity Congresses.
3. To live by and uphold your oath of office by utilizing your God-given time, talents, and treasures for the spiritual progress and advancement of your parish.
Parish Council members serve as role models for parishioners and must take their ministry very seriously. They should lead by example by attending Church and parish events, and regularly participating in the sacramental life of the Church. By doing so, they will have a powerful effect on the overall life of the community. If Parish Council members treat everyone with love and respect, as Christ loves us, then parishioners will do likewise.
Throughout the year, our Parish hosts various fundraisers as well as community events. At these times, stewards of the parish are vital for promotion, food preparation, scheduling, set-up and teardown as well as serving our guests. Many people know us only through these events, so we put our best foot forward.
Named after the mother of one of our parishioners, this ministry carries on her work of making and delivering all sizes of blankets to those who need this personal touch of kindness. Come together to work on projects or make them at home and contribute to this act of love.
In the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, bread and wine are changed, by the Holy Spirit, into the Body and Blood of Christ. The bread is a simple leavened bread made of wheat flour, salt and water. Into the loaf is pressed a seal from which the elements to be consecrated are taken. The bread is called Prosphora (from the Greek Προσφἐρω=I offer) as an offering to God, by the faithful, for use in the Holy Eucharist. Special classes will be held for Prosphora making techniques and is open to all. It is customary to submit the names of Orthodox Christian living and departed for commemoration during the preparation of the Holy Gifts for the Holy Eucharist. (A great website on this topic is http://www.prosphora.org) All of the faithful are called to participate in this ministry.
In Orthodox Christian worship, readers supply an essential offering for the beautiful conduct of the various worship services. During the Divine Liturgy on Sundays readers are needed to read the Epistle lessons. Readers are especially needed for the services of Holy Week. In our parish, we encourage both men and women to participate as readers.
This is a new Ministry our parish. It offers the opportunity for the Senior members of our parish to come together for fellowship and to build a greater sense of belonging to the life of our Church. This is an great opportunity for those who enjoy working with Seniors Citizens to be more involved in enhancing the lives of our senior members.
At various times of our lives, a word of encouragement and love will give someone hope and confidence for a brighter day. This ministry uses the old-fashioned practice of dropping a card in the mail to those who could use a little boost.
With our limited space available, there is a strong need for periodical consolidation and organization of our storage areas. Having our supplies stored in an orderly manner reduces frustration and duplications. Join a team that replaces chaos with peace and harmony that will ripple through the activities of the parish.
Throughout the year, there are some major mailings to be sent out and your help is appreciated. Compiling service books also requires many hands.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Offering a connection to the Church during summer vacation for the children continues long-lasting friendships for the future of our Parish. This involves only three three-hour days with learning, playing, arts and crafts and lunch.
The Parish family extends beyond the church grounds and maintaining those relationships is the purpose of this ministry. Many of our family members are home-bound or residing in care facilities, and visits and greeting cards from fellow parishioners keep them connected to the parish life as well as bringing a spot of brightness to their days.
The HOPE is the ministry to Kindergarten through 2nd grade children of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Since HOPE is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program reflects the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.
MISSION AND GOAL OF HOPE MINISTRY
The mission and goal of the HOPE ministry is to lead our children in to experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living church, our children will be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation. By laying a foundation of faith at this age, the young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them through life.
The Junior Orthodox Youth, or JOY, is the ministry to 3rd through 6th grade children of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Since JOY is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program reflects the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.
MISSION AND GOAL OF JOY MINISTRY
The mission and goal of the JOY ministry is to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living church, our young people will be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation. By laying a foundation of faith at this age, the young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them as they progress into junior high and high school.
The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, is the ministry to teenagers of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Since GOYA is ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program reflects the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.
GOYA is ministry to junior high and high school grade Orthodox Christian teenagers. Teenagers should be in seventh through twelfth grades to participate. It is recommended that GOYA ministry be divided into two distinct groups, the junior high GOYA ministry and the high school GOYA ministry.
MISSION AND GOAL OF GOYA MINISTRY
The mission and goal of GOYA ministry is to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living Church, our young people will be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation.
YOUNG ADULT SINGLES MINISTRY
This ministry provides a context for the connection of young single adults with each other as well as with our Holy Orthodox Church. Singles Ministry offers opportunities for fellowship, education and avenues of outreach. It provides a faith-based gathering for a large population of future leaders of our parish.
Building and strengthening relationships between families teaches our children the importance of our Orthodox Faith. Sharing fun nights, potlucks, charity projects and prayer, our young families bond into the bigger family of Holy Trinity.